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Brownwood woman charged with intoxicated manslaughter in fatal crash that occurred Sunday evening

According to the Brownwood PD, the woman, for unknown reasons, drove a pickup truck into the front yard of a home and struck several people.
Credit: Associated Press

BROWNWOOD, Texas — A Brownwood woman has been charged with intoxicated manslaughter with vehicle, three counts of intoxicated assault with vehicle and driving with an invalid license, following a crash on Southside Drive that killed a 28-year-old woman and injured another woman and two children Sunday.

According to a press release from the Brownwood Police Department, at approximately 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 28, members of the Brownwood PD, Brownwood Fire Department and Lifeguard EMS responded to the 2400 block of Southside Drive regarding a report of a traffic accident involving pedestrians.

The Texas Department of Public Safety also assisted the police department in this investigation.

When officers arrived on the scene, they were directed to the front yard of 2401 Southside Drive, where several injured people were located. It appeared that, for unknown reasons, a 2006 Ford F150 pickup truck left the roadway and traveled into the front yard of this residence, between a parked pickup truck with an attached trailer and the residence.

According to the release, occupants and friends of 2401 Southside were in this area unloading furniture from the trailer. The pickup struck several of the individuals as it traveled through the yard before coming to a stop.

Life-saving measures were begun and an adult female was care-flighted to John Peter Smith Hospital for urgent care. Additionally, a five-year-old juvenile was flown to Cook Children’s Hospital and an eight-year-old juvenile was transported to the Brownwood Regional Medical Center.

Kimberly Renee Allen, 28, of Brownwood, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the pickup was identified as Margaret Marie Harper, 38, of Brownwood. Harper was interviewed and subsequently arrested and has been charged intoxicated manslaughter w/vehicle; three counts of intoxicated assault w/vehicle; and driving with an invalid license.

The Brownwood PD Criminal Investigations Division continues the investigation and is being assisted by the DPS and the Brown County District Attorney’s Office.